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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of...

Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936.

This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture.

Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded.

Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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have been to many such attractions but this one's guide was one of the most knowledgeable & interesting we have ever run across. she knew most of the history & especially the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Floral Park, New York

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

have been to many such attractions but this one's guide was one of the most knowledgeable & interesting we have ever run across. she knew most of the history & especially the ancestry & lineage of the people involved in the plantation. she imparted this information in such an enjoyable manner, that it made a world of difference on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had such a lovely guide! It was quite a nice experience and opportunity to learn about the Creole culture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Karen was very scripted and dry in her presentation. A lot of info. But she lost me when asked what the slaves were paid after the civil war and she said that they weren't paid like rocket scientist!!!

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This tour far exceeded my expectations. The tour was very informative and overall well done. You learn about life after the civil war, which was enlightening. Must see. Ethan was awesome!

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the tour that I would go on if you only have time to see one plantation. It is well restored and the guide we had, Katie, was fun and very knowledgeable. I learned so much on this tour!

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Tacoma, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tour was recommended to us as more of a museum style tour than a restored plantation like some others. This plantation was owned by a Creole Family which makes it different that what I have seen before. The style of architecture was different and the family structure was a little different so the ownership was different. Ultimately though, the... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you only get to see one plantation, this is the one!!! We had an amazing tour guide named Katie! She is knowledgeable and fun! I felt like you really get to know the family that lived there and you get to see everything! Amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is visit to an old plantation house and slave cabins, but as you walk, the tour guide did an excellent job of describing the families owning the plantations and the lot of the slaves. I found it very interesting indeed.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent tour. We actually took Cajun tours from New Orleans to get there. The driving company was not great nor bad. The plantation was excellent Camile our guide was funny and so very informative. Great explanation of the family that lived there. Nice little gift store that was less expensive than the gift store at Oak Alley plantation. Overall a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Almost didn't go and we are so glad we changed our minds. While this home doesn't match the grand beauty of other southern mansions it is still beautiful. Our tour guide was a very young man who knew every bit of the plantation's history he deserves an A+. The grounds were perfect. It was like stepping back in time. My... More 

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